Canmore Travel Guide

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Canmore Overview

Canmore is a town in Alberta, Canada, located in the Bow Valley with a permanent population of 11,442. The non-permanent population is about 3,790 or 29% (combined population of 15,232). It is located just east of the world-famous Banff National Park, about 70 miles west of Calgary and immediately north of Kananaskis Country. The town lies in the Bow Valley.

Its mountain setting is noted for The Three Sisters. Canmore's climate is relatively mild compared to most regions of Canada, with the coldest day in January averaging only −8 °C (18 °F), with very low humidity that makes it feel considerably warmer than the thermometer indicates. Summers are short and cool, and winters are long but usually sunny and dry. The area boasts, on average, 330 days of sunshine annually, with the short wet season occurring through mid-May to early June. The rest of the summer is considered semi-arid.

Despite retaining its small town charm it has seen a great deal of development since the hosting of the 1988 Winter Olympics by Calgary when the population was only 3200. It is still has an abundance of homegrown bakeries, bars and coffee shops.

Mountains located adjacent to and visible from the townsite are Grotto Mountain (2,706m), Mount Lady Macdonald (2,606m), Mount Lawrence Grassi (2,685m) and, most famously, the Three Sisters (2,936m, 2,769m, 2,694m).

It is also home to The Canmore Nordic Centre and The Pat Bowmore, Alpine Club of Canada clubhouse.

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